THE FIFTH CHAPTER of John (see John 5:1-9) records one of Jesus' most remarkable healings. It involves a man Jesus encountered at the pool of Bethesda who had suffered from an "infirmity thirty and eight years."

This pool was surrounded by a "great multitude" of people who were waiting for an "angel" to come down and "trouble the water." It was believed that the first person to step into the water, following this event, would be "made whole of whatsoever disease he had."

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